Rachael Denhollander, the first American gymnast to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of abuse, asked the right question during his 2018 legal case:
How much is a little girl worth?
The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to let Kamila Valieva compete answer the question:
A 15-year old girl who tests positive for a banned substance could not possibly have ingested that substance without the direction and approval of adults. By allowing her to skate at the 2022 Olympics, CAS has vindicated her abuser, Eteri Tutberidze, a harsh and cheating coach, emboldening them to use further doping methods on young athletes.
And we will all watch on live television, as Kamila’s body bears the trauma of adult desires and a corrupt Russia who laughs in the world’s face because they can, once again cheat to win, at whatever cost. It is time the Russia is booted out of the Olympics forever. Sadly, they do not want to change their “tune” – Putin even stated recently, with a sly grin, “you all strive to win but you don’t, we do what it takes to win.” My answer to him is, “now I know where the rotten core comes from, Mr. Putin, and it stinks up your whole country.”